Motorcycling: Doohan the business: San Marino Grand Prix

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The Independent Online
MICHAEL DOOHAN, of Australia, won his first race since badly breaking his leg in the Dutch Grand Prix last year when he took his Honda past the American Kevin Schwantz on the final lap of the San Marino 500cc Grand Prix at Mugello, Italy, yesterday. Schwantz slowed with a mechanical problem on his Suzuki and finished second but maintained his lead in the world championship standings.

Wayne Rainey, of the United States, the reigning world champion, finished third on a Yamaha to stay at second place in the standings, 23 points behind Schwantz and 49 ahead of Doohan. Britain's Niall Mackenzie was eighth on a Yamaha and is seventh in the championship.

Schwantz, who diced with Doohan for the lead throughout, said: 'The bike started to vibrate very badly on the final lap. I just eased back because I didn't want anything silly to happen. I'd rather settle for second-place points than no points at all.'

The next race, the 10th of 13 in the championship, will be the British Grand Prix at Donington on 1 August.

SAN MARINO GRAND PRIX (Mugello, Italy): 500cc (23 laps, 120.635km, 74.961 miles): 1 M Doohan (Aus) Honda 44min 02.712sec; 2 K Schwantz (US) Suzuki 44:12.665; 3 W Rainey (US) Yamaha 44:34.413; 4 S Itoh (Japan) Honda 44:38.605; 5 L Cadalora (It) Yamaha 44:49.310; 6 D Beattie (Aus) Honda 44:59.712; 7 A Barros (Bra) Suzuki 45:21.280; 8 N Mackenzie (GB) Yamaha 45:30.605; 9 M Mladin (Aus) Cagiva 45:38.342; 10 J Kuhn (Fr) Yamaha 45:46.640. Fastest lap: Doohan 1:53.829 (165.880kph, 103.075mph). Leading world championship standings 1 Schwantz 192pts; 2 Rainey 169; 3 Doohan 120; 4 Beattie 116; 5 Itoh 81; 6 A Criville (Sp) Honda 77; 7 Mackenzie 64; 8 Barros 63; 9= D Chandler (US) Cagiva, Cadalora 59.

250cc (21 laps, 110.145km, 68.442 miles): 1 L Capirossi (It) Honda 41:05.271; 2 L Reggiani (It) Aprilia 41:05.389; 3 T Harada (Japan) Yamaha 41:10.108; 4 J-P Ruggia (Fr) Aprilia 41:10.130; 5 M Biaggi (It) Honda 41:19.635; 6 T Okada (Japan) Honda 41:19.647; 7 H Bradl (Ger) Honda 41:19.939; 8 P Chili (It) Yamaha 41:27.666; 9 N Aoki (Japan) Honda 41:28.202; 10 A Puig (Sp) Yamaha 41:28.300. Fastest lap: Ruggia 1:56.224 (162.462kph, 100.951mph). Leading standings: 1 Harada 151pts; 2 Capirossi 106; 3 D Romboni (It) Honda 96; 4 Biaggi 96; 5 Bradl 96; 6 Okada 88; 7 J Kocinski (US) Suzuki 80; 8 Ruggia 79; 9 Aoki 75; 10 Reggiani 65.

125cc (20 laps, 104.900km, 65.183 miles) 1 D Raudies (Ger) Honda 41:28.495; 2 K Sakata (Japan) Honda 41:39.444; 3 A Saito (Japan) Honda 41:40.292; 4 R Waldmann (Ger) Aprilia 41:40.370; 5 C Giro (Sp) Aprilia 41:40.428; 6 N Ueda (Japan) Honda 41:42.648; 7 J Martinez (Sp) Honda 41:49.742; 8 P Oettl (Ger) Aprilia 41:51.262; 9 T Tsujimura (Japan) Honda 42:00.760; 10 F Gresini (It) Honda 42:00.787. Fastest lap: Giro 2:03.309 (153.128kph, 95.151mph). Leading standings: 1 Raudies 177; 2 Sakata 165; 3 Tsujimura 110; 4 Waldmann 92; 5 Saito 85; 6 Ueda 83; 7 H Torrontegui (Sp) Aprilia 62; 8 O Petrucciani (Swit) Aprilia 45; 9 Martinez 44; 10 E Gianola (It) Honda 40.

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